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A Boston Immigration Attorney's Blog

Month: November 2014

Have you or someone you know been living undocumented in the US for 5 years or more? If so read on …

Last Thursday night President Obama announced that he is issuing an executive action to try in some way help fix the broken immigration system.  It has not yet been implemented by the Immigration Agencies and all the details have not been ironed out yet, so only time will tell what the exact rules will be and how these orders will be carried out.  Please be aware of anyone offering to file applications based on the policies announced last Thursday as these policies have not been implemented yet and USCIS are not accepting applications as of yet.

Immigration Reform: Obama's Executive actionsHowever, what we know so far is that immigration reform will involve prioritizing deportations of people with criminal backgrounds while trying to keep families together as well as create more visas for educated skilled workers.  The policies listed on USCIS’ website (available here), which have not yet been implemented, include:

– expanding the population eligible for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (also known as DACA) to those who came to this country before 2010 and before they turned 16;

– allowing parents of children who are U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents and have been continuously present in the U.S. since 2010 of time to be eligible to request deferred action and apply for work authorization as long as they are not an enforcement priority for removal (see the memorandum outlining who is an enforcement priority here);

– expanding the use of provisional waivers of unlawful presence to include the spouses and children of lawful

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Where to start when getting your U.S. visa!

It can often be very confusing trying to figure out where to start in the immigration process when applying for your visa for the first time. If you are confused and overwhelmed by the immigration process read on and hopefully with the help of this post and the video below I can help put you on the right path to getting the right visa for you. I know when I emigrated from Ireland many moons ago and went through the immigration process for the first time myself I did not know where to start and what sort of things I needed to be thinking about. That is what prompted me to become an Immigration Attorney and start www.hannafordimmigration.com so I could try and help others through this complex and often laborious process.

 

One of the first things you want to consider when getting a visa to the United States is what do you want that visa for? If you want to come and live and work in the U.S.

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